Worldwide Teach-in on Climate & Justice

When it comes to addressing climate change, we have the solutions. Our job now is to implement these solutions in a just and inclusive way. On March 30, 2022, thousands of communities around the world gathered in a one-day Worldwide Teach-In on Climate and Justice. UW–Madison's event featured five panels of UW experts, opportunities to connect with the campus community, and *free food* from the new Electric Eats Food Truck.

Watch UW-Madison Teach-in video recordings here.

This event is presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Center for Climatic Research.

To see the map of Teach-Ins happening around the world, click here.

Event Schedule: 

5:30 – 6:15 pm

6:15 - 6:30 pm

6:30 – 7:15 pm

7:15 – 8:30 pm

Concurrent 1A: Food Justice and Climate Change 
Room: 1106

Snack Break Concurrent 2A: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Global Policy  
Room: 1106

Plenary and Discussion:

Where do we go from here? Creating a climate-active campus 
Room: 1106

Concurrent 1B: Climate Change and the Midwest 
Room: 1163
Concurrent 2B: Global Climate Wisdom 
Room: 1163


5:30–6:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions  1 - Local Focus

Concurrent 1A: Food Justice and Climate Change - Room 1106

Food production is one of the leading drivers of climate change. Illusions of endless abundance and immediate service have distorted our relationship to food, dissolved local food systems, generated excess waste, and led to unequal access to affordable, healthy food. And yet, food systems are ripe with possibilities for solutions that simultaneously improve health and equity while curbing climate change. How can Wisconsinites draw from our tradition as an agricultural state to support an increasingly just and sustainable future?

Join this panel discussion featuring food system experts to investigate solutions-based action.

Moderator: Brittany Bondi, Master’s student, Environment and Resources


  • Alfonso MoralesChair of the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor
  • Michel Wattiaux - Professor of Dairy Systems Management and Interim Director Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS)
  • Ana Fochesatto - PhD student, Environment and Resources Program & research assistant in Dr. Adena Rissman’s People, Institutions, and Ecosystems (PIE) Lab.
  • Michael Bell - Chair, Community and Environmental Sociology

Concurrent 1B: Climate Change and the Midwest - Room: 1163

For many living in the Midwest, the effects of climate change may not be as apparent as in regions facing sea level rise or record-breaking drought. However, climate change influences everything from our health and infrastructure to our agricultural systems and the ecology of the Great Lakes. This panel discussion will explore how the climate crisis impacts Midwestern communities as well as highlight Midwestern solutions for adapting to a changing climate and enabling a just transition to a clean energy future.

Moderator: Mikhaila Calice, PhD student, Life Sciences Communication


  • Asligül Göçmen - Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Katie Collins - Clinical Assistant Professor, UW–Madison School of Nursing
  • Jim Tinjum - Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Geological Engineering Program
  • Michael Notaro - Interim Director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research

6:15 - 6:30: Snack Break

Enjoy a free vegetarian snack from the new Electric Eats Food Truck from University Housing.

Electric Eats Food Truck

6:30–7:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions 2 - Global Focus

Concurrent 2A: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Global Policy - Room: 1106

Although climate change is a global issue, climate disruptions will not affect everyone around the globe equally. Extreme weather and sea level rise are amplifying existing inequities and creating additional human rights challenges. How do human rights issues intersect with climate change, and what governance structures exist from the local to the international levels to address these concerns and take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Moderator: Dorothy Lsoto, PhD student, Environment and Resources


Concurrent 2B: Global Climate Wisdom - Room 1163

While our attention is often focused on the United States’ role in addressing climate change, many other communities and nations around the globe are developing and implementing innovative solutions. From microgrid deployments, to faith-led environmental action, to sustainable development, we’ll hear insights from UW faculty and staff who are partnering with global communities working to meet the needs of both people today and of future generations. How might we learn from international approaches to just climate action as we take action in our own communities? Find out in this interdisciplinary discussion on global climate change wisdom.

Moderator: Rebecca Alcock, PhD student, Industrial Engineering


  • Yongheng Deng - Professor of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, John P. Morgridge Distinguished Chair in Business
  • Maitreyee Sanjiv MarathePhD student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Lori DePrete Brown - Associate Director for Education and Engagement, UW–Madison Global Health Institute
  • Dekila Chungyalpa - Director of the Loka Initiative, Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations

7:15-8:30pm: Plenary and Discussion - Where do we go from here? Creating a climate-active campus

Room: 1106 and Atrium

What are the major takeaways we can draw from this teach-in, and how can we manifest them as meaningful, concrete actions? In this session, we’ll hear from UW students, staff, and faculty that advance climate action and practice resilience. The last word will come from the audience as we split into small groups to discuss how to keep the conversation going and integrate climate justice with our own lives and our UW–Madison community.


  • Ashley Cheung - Chair, Associated Students of Madison Sustainability Committee
  • Pranav Srivastav - President, Senior Class Office 
  • Steph Tai - Professor, UW Law School
  • Andrea Hicks - Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of Sustainability Research and Education at the UW Office of Sustainability

The Worldwide Teach-In is a project of the Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College in New York, USA,  in conjunction with partners worldwide and the Open Society University Network

Special thanks to the Teach-In Planning Committee:

  • Lily Herling
  • Grace Puc
  • Lucas LoBreglio
  • Marina Kerekes
  • Ashley Cheung

This event is sponsored by the UW–Madison Office of Sustainability, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Center for Climatic Research, and with our promotional partner, the Robert M. La Follette School for Public Affairs.

Getting to the Mechanical Engineering Building:

By Bike: Mechanical Engineering is accessible by bike paths and city bike lanes and features bike racks. For more information on biking to campus, see here.

By Bus: The University and Breese Bus stop is located next to the Mechanical Engineering building and is serviced by routes 02, 28, and 48. The Building is close to several other stops that service many other bus lines. For more information, see here

By Car: Please refer to this campus parking map for more information. 

Watch the recordings from the March 30th, 2022 event below!

Watch the recording of Food Justice and Climate Change here.
Watch the recording of Climate Change and the Midwest here.
Watch the recording of Climate Change, Human Rights, and Global Policy here.
Watch the recording of Global Climate Wisdom here.
Watch the plenary here.
Mechanical Engineering, Rooms 1106 & 1163
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706